Special Occasion

Eveningwear that Minimizes a Midlife Tummy

Shopping for special occasion eveningwear is fun and exciting, except when you struggle with how to hide your tummy. Not to worry, Here are some separates and formal dresses that hide a belly bulge.


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Plus-Size Cold-Shoulder Glitter Column Gown or Regular/Petite Sizes

Ruched Dress

When it comes to making your tummy look flatter, an evening dress with ruching is a girl’s best friend. It may seem counterintuitive that a lot of gathering and soft folds would make you look slimmer, but it really does.

Ruching draws the eye up and away to the center, side, or a narrow part of the body. It also works wonders to conceal any lumps or bumps behind pockets of softly draped fabric.



Alex evenings column of color

Embroidered Jacket and Tank

A Column of Color

A color is an excellent tool for downplaying a midlife tummy. A single color worn head to toe is slimming, especially dark color.  This is because dark colors like black, navy, and gray absorb light and make the area they are placed on look smaller.

When you wear a light-colored jacket open over a dark dress or pant set, the effect is amplified. The eye is drawn up and down the dark column in the middle, making the stomach look smaller, and you look taller too.



Alex evenings empire waist dress -Plus size party dresses that hide belly bulge

Sequin Dress with Flutter Sleeves

Empire Waist Dress

An empire waist dress is an elegant choice for an evening dress and a great way to minimize your middle. That’s because an empire waist draws attention to the thinnest part of your torso by nipping in directly beneath your bust.

The rest of the dress is loose-fitting, flared, and floats gently over the stomach, concealing any tummy bulge.


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Sequin Lace Cocktail Dress or Regular/Petite Sizes

 A Patterned Dress

Some of the best formal dresses to hide belly fat have a busy print or pattern. This confuses the eye, drawing the gaze up, down, around, and away from any belly bulge. A solid-colored lace dress with a pretty pattern and beautiful texture is a classic, figure-flattering choice for eveningwear.


Alex evenings Cocktail dresses that hide belly bulge
Cocktail dresses that hide belly bulge

Long Chiffon Cold-Shoulder Popover Dress

A Dress with Draping

The best way to camouflage a tummy is to avoid tightness around the waistline, like a belt. On the flip side, you don’t want to wear something loose and sloppy. A good solution is a dress that has soft draping over the belly.

For example, this navy popover cocktail dress has a sheer chiffon cape that gently flows over the tummy downplaying your middle. The pretty crystal halter neckline draws the eye up and away from the belly too.

Finding a formal dress to hide your belly bulge is easier than you think. Remember, dressing your body is all about illusion, and now you know the styles to make magic happen.

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